Let the Internet Archive be my witness that I scooped the Olympic Security English story 2 years ago. Let it also be my witness that I’ve had this book on my shelf for two years and was too dumb to shop a story on it for a quick buck. I would like to point out that the book was published in 2002, and is by no means a recent addition to the Olympic campaign, nor a particularly good English textbook. Also, no one has gotten the REAL scoop: ordering the 2 audiotapes that apparently accompany the book and transferring some of these to MP3. Who doesn’t want to hear PSB officers reciting things like “I’m Enzaji Leer. I’m an Indian cook and I make pan cake here.”
Chapter One: Everyday English
Lesson 3: Warnings
Dialogue 4: How to Stop Illegal News Coverage
警：对不起, 先生, 请停下来.
P: Are you gathering news here?
P: About what?
F: About F*lung*ng.
P: Show me your press card and reporter’s permit.
F: Here you are.
P: What news are you permitted to cover?
F: The Olympic Games.
P: But F*lung*ng has nothing to do with the games.
F: What does that matter?
P: It’s beyond the permit.
F: What permit?
P: You’re a sports reporter. You should only cover the games.
F: But I’m interested in F*lung*ng.
P: It’s beyond the limit of your coverage and illegal. As a foreign reporter in China, you should obey China law and do nothing against your status.
F: Oh, I see. May I go now?
P: No. Come with us (to the Administration Division of Entry and Exit of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau).
F: What for?
P: To clear up this matter.
This has been a selection from Olympic Security English, by Wang Sheng An (王生安), Associate Professor at the People’s University of Public Security
“If our existing regulations and practice conflict with Olympic norms and our promise, we will make changes to conform with International Olympic Committee’s requirements and Games norms,” Jiang Xiaoyu, executive vice president of the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee (BOCOG), said at a press conference. Jiang said that the commitment applied to journalists accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cover the Games and those without accreditation as well.
“But all the reporters will have to abide by China’s laws,” he said. China Daily, August 8, 2006
Foreign journalists and their Chinese assistants repeatedly end up at the police station when they report on delicate topics such as pollution, AIDS or farmers’ protests. Often they’re forced to state the names of their sources, in addition to handing over their notes and photographs… Beijing justifies itself by reference to articles 14 and 15 of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s rulebook for foreign correspondents, which prohibit journalists from researching an issue without registering with the appropriate authority and getting permission. Such a rule contradicts the norms expected from countries that host the Olympic games, according to the FCCC. Der Spiegel, August 9, 2006